Sunday Morning Tomato Basil Frittata

Sunday Morning Tomato Basil Frittata

“A journey into a new year begins with a Sunday Morning frittata served around a warm hearth.”

Sunday Morning Tomato Basil FrittataAs I was preparing to write this week’s post, I hesitated over which story to share. The Gregorian calendar stands poised at the cusp of a transition and Earth is about to embark on another orbit around the Sun. Past and future, old and new; Time the thread that ties it all together.  The idea of using leftovers to create something new jumped out at me and I dug up this half-written post that was started on a warm August day at the peak of tomato season.

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I’m all for using leftovers. This time, I had a bunch of fresh basil from the time I was making Pad Kee Maw. A quick peek into refrigerator and pantry confirmed that I had eggs (check), onion (check), tomatoes (check), and oh look! half a red pepper from last night’s stir-fry! (check). One frittata is on its way. I warned the taste-testers that this is my first time trying a frittata;  they gamely said, “Bring it on!”

Morning Tomato Basil Frittata ingredients

In the meantime, my dishwasher rack had been showing rust spots. A few clicks on the computer and I’d learnt all about patching these spots with a special rubber coating that solidifies when cured and best of all, is non-toxic. I had ordered a bottle of this magic stuff a few days ago and it showed up in my mailbox yesterday. I don’t know what we did before the internet. So this morning, I set about transforming my speckled dishwasher rack. The instructions were easy to follow and after 3 coats of the stuff, I was ready to eat.

Back to the frittata. I looked at some recipes as guides (included in the links below), and set about creating my own ‘freet-ta-taaaa’. The songbirds were in force in the backyard and I was moved. What can I say? However, there was no mistaking which sound was NOT a songbird belting out vocals on this Sunday morning. We were ready to eat in a jiffy. This frittata took so little time to make and very little prep. The large teflon-coated non-stick pan I used made for even easier cooking and no-mess cleanup. The recipe here is what I made. However, in the end I felt the dish needed a tad more salt; I had used only ¼ tsp thinking the cheddar would be enough, but the taste-testers felt it was good. I had also used 2 large tomatoes and I would have preferred 2 medium/small ones so as not to overpower the dish. Eat and learn!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday Morning Tomato Basil Frittata
 
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An easy Sunday morning breakfast.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • ½ red pepper, sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp shredded cheese of choice (Cheddar used in this recipe)
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp oil in an oven-proof pan.
  3. Place onions into pan on medium heat till they caramelize.
  4. Add red pepper and allow it to soften.
  5. Add tomatoes and basil. Stir a few times till basil is wilted.
  6. Mix milk and eggs together, seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste.
  7. Pour egg mixture over ingredients in the pan. Lower heat to medium-low. Allow egg to slowly cook.
  8. When egg starts to become medium-soft, sprinkle with your cheese of choice
  9. Place pan into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until egg is fully cooked but not browned.
Notes
Adjust the amount of salt depending on the type of cheese being used.

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